What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 127 Stack Exchange communities.

Possible Duplicate:
What precautions does Stack Overflow take to stop the cheaters?

I have almost 1500 points on Stack Overflow. It took me some time in answering questions, I anyway considered it worth the effort since everytime I asked a question I always got very valueable answers on Stack Overflow.

Now, what if user X simply cheats the system by creating a false user Y and using this last one to upvote almost all his/her own (user X) questions/answers?!

This would create a huge cheat on Stack Overflow reputation criteria, by creating a huge increase in user X's reputation.

Is there anything in Stack Overflow to prevent such a simple cheating scheme?

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by jmfsg, waiwai933, Diago Sep 7 '10 at 21:09

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

4  
3 questions (at least) on this topic today, what's up? –  jmfsg Sep 7 '10 at 20:00
2  
Did somebody write a blog post on this recently or something? It's all the rage today. –  Bill the Lizard Sep 7 '10 at 20:01
    
@Juan Manuel: it's something to add on SO FAQ. –  Marco Demaio Sep 7 '10 at 20:23
add comment

2 Answers

up vote 2 down vote accepted

Yes

share|improve this answer
    
Thanks, glad to know it. I think SO should make it clear in the FAQ. I'm surprised to read they use forgiveness on these type of cheating scheme. Users cheating in these ways should get a total reputation reset in the best case or being evicted from SO. –  Marco Demaio Sep 7 '10 at 20:07
3  
@Marco - But what's to stop me creating a sock puppet and voting all your questions and answers up? It would then hardly be fair to reset your reputation or evict you. –  Martin Smith Sep 7 '10 at 23:01
add comment

yes yes yes and yes.

This has been asked a lot; but here it is....

How does the SO voter fraud detection mechanism work?

Oh look what is that up there.... yes... it's a search box... alt text

share|improve this answer
    
I was expecting the downvote - I thought it was maybe a bit too sarcastic. If I'm honest I've only just found out about this meta.stackexchange.com/questions/19478/the-many-memes-of-meta/… and wanted to do more pictures. –  Barry Sep 7 '10 at 20:05
    
I did not downvote you. If you try asking an answer with the same title of mine one you won't see any reference to RELATED QUESTIONS. –  Marco Demaio Sep 7 '10 at 20:09
    
@Marco - It wasn't directed at you. Just saying I was expecting it due to my sarcastic answer. Maybe not the same title but there are plenty of questions that relate to votes/cheating/fraud/ etc. anyway, I'm sure you have your answer now though. :) –  Barry Sep 7 '10 at 20:14
    
I saw related quetsions on cheating, but not on the cheating scheme. –  Marco Demaio Sep 7 '10 at 20:24
add comment

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .